Aug 062012

Material WitnessMaterial Witness by L.A. Mondello
Source: Review copy for book tour
Links: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads, Author’s blog

Who does she trust when she’s living the real life horror of one of her crime novels…

Bestselling crime novelist, Cassie Alvarez, aka Cassie Lang, had murder on her mind when she walked into Rory’s Bar under dressed and under cover to research her latest crime novel. Researching the cool, blue-eyed and dashingly handsome man at the end of the bar stirred her senses more than she wanted to admit. But was this man of leather armor all he appeared to be?

Playing White Knight to an innocent wasn’t how Detective Jake Santos planned to spend his time under cover. But there was no way “CJ” was what she claimed to be and that nagging tightness in Jake’s chest told him he’d better take her home to safety and leave it at that. Then the barroom exploded with gunfire, leaving a trail of dead that includes a notorious Providence crime boss and an undercover FBI agent. When Cassie’s name is leaked to the media as the only witness to the grisly murders, Cassie insists she only trusts Jake to protect her.

The FBI wants their star witness happy and will do anything to make sure Cassie testifies. But it is clear to Jake that the shooter isn’t the only person who wants Cassie dead. Not knowing who to trust, he vows to protect Cassie at all cost despite the fact that guarding the beautiful novelist is a serious distraction.

This romantic crime story is exciting and steamy. The story is really about Cassie and Jake, and the strength of these characters is what makes the book so good. Cassie is a crime writer who understands how the legal system works. She’s strong and smart and isn’t afraid to stand up for herself and her rights. She’s sassy and witty and is one smart cookie.

Jake is a sweet, protective alpha male. He’s swoonworthy, and the sexual tension between him and Cassie is palpable. At times this tension overwhelms the action parts of the story, emphasizing that this is a romantic thriller.

Overall, this was a great read that not only featured a cheer-worthy romance between confident adults, it also portrayed a realistic picture of what a witness can go through after a crime has been committed. It may be fun for Cassie, but it’s definitely entertaining for the reader.

4 stars

Challenges read for:

2012 Ebook Challenge

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